A return to Staatsoper Hamburg for Strauss’ ‘Daphne’

Eric Cutler returns to the Staatsoper Hamburg to reprise the role of Apollo in Strauss’ one-act opera Daphne. Described by Strauss as a “bucolic tragedy,” Daphne is based on the ancient Greek myth of the wood nymph who, pursued by both god and mortal, is saved from their amorous intrigues by being transformed into a sacred, laurel tree. Cutler has sung the role of Apollo at the Staatsoper Hamburg twice before. In 2016, he starred as Apollo, which at the time was the premiere of Christof Loy’s brand-new production.

On June 6, 8 & 12, Cutler will share the stage with an esteemed roster of singers including Tigran Martirossian as Peneios, Renate Spingler as Gaea, Christiane Karg as Daphne, Michael Schade as Leukippos, Vladimir Baykov, Ziad Nehme, Julian Arsenault, and Bruno Vargas as the four shepherds, and Katharina Konradi and Ida Aldrian singing the two maids. Christof Prick will conduct the Chor der Hamburgischen Staatsoper and the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg.